Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Making This Is a Piece of Cake - But, It's a Slice of Pie

The perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast

Pumpkin Pie with Vodka Pie Crust and Butterscotch Whipped Cream
Recipe adapted from Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie, Cook Illustrated, and from Bake Yourself Happy
Photos by Bake Yourself Happy

Vodka Pie Crust
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/8 cup cold vodka
  • 1/8 cup cold water

Pumpkin Pie
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups pumpin (or 15 oz canned)
  • 12 oz (1 can) evaporated milk

Butterscotch Whipped Cream
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Butterscotch syrup

  1. MIX 3/4 cup flour, salt, and sugar in a bowl.  Add butter and shortening until the dough is homogenous and begins to clump.
  2. ADD remaining flour and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. SPRINKLE vodka and water over mixture and use a rubber spatula to fold the dough onto itself.  Dough should be slightly tacky and stick to itself.
  4. Using a rolling pin, spread the dough into a 13" circle and place in a pie pan.
  5. PREHEAT oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, cloves, and mace in a small bowl.
  6. BEAT eggs in a large bowl.  Stir pumpkin and sugar/spice mixture into eggs.
  7. STIR in evaporated milk gradually, and pour into pie crust.
  8. BAKE for 15 minutes.
  9. REDUCE heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for an additional 40-50 minutes, or until tooth pick comes out clean from the middle.
  10. ALLOW to cool for at least 2 hours.  After 2 hours, if you don't plan on serving place in fridge.
  11. The butterscotch whipped cream is going to be totally to your taste.  Here is our recommendation.
    1. Pour a heaping pile of butterscotch syrup into a bowl (8-10 oz).  Add 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and whip with a wire whisk until you have whipped cream.
    2. Taste, and add more butterscotch or whipped cream to your taste.
    3. Put in fridge to set, then place on pie.

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